STOCKHOLM (Reuters) Brazil's Air Force chief, Brigadier General Juniti Saito, inspected a prototype of the Gripen E / F at year Farnboroughmässa a week and seemed impressed with the new AESA radar system of type (active electronic scanning array).
It says Eddy de la Motte, director of Gripen export at Saab, told news agency Direkt after being held out to the fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force Commander, who was there at the head of a large 22-man delegation - bigger than before.
"We exhibited the development of aircraft such as NG that we have to test the avionics (aviation electronics), with AESA radar are in focus. He was impressed and thought it was good that the program is moving forward," says Eddy de la Motte with a view to radar development program that Saab is conducting jointly with the Scottish company Selex but finance themselves.
An AESA radar was, according to Eddy de la Motte is one of the requirements that Brazil has set for its future purchasing decisions of combat aircraft. The radar is different from traditional radar including the antenna moves electronically rather than mechanically.
According to Eddy de la Motte offer competitors for Gripen on Brazil's order also AESA radar systems.
"But there are many elements of the contract: Brazil is interested in technology transfers, that is, transferring both the product and the technology around it. We are very willing to at Saab, and experience are the U.S. and France are not as willing to" says Eddy de la Motte.
According to export manager is the Brazilian Air Force chief well versed on the Gripen fighter plane and probably self-test flown it.
"I think he has done that. His evaluation team has anyway been flying both C/D- and NG-plane, it's part of their evaluation, and it is based on these flights that we have been chosen as one of three candidates, "says Eddy de la Motte.
By Brigadier inspected Gripen were not AESA radar are in place, said Eddy de la Motte, who will not say anything about any changes in attitude to the Gripen in the key figure during the fair.
"We had a constructive and interesting dialogue, but it would be wrong to speak on his behalf," says Eddy de la Motte, reiterating instead the Saab is often said to have a competitive bid for the ability of the product, its price, and any industrial cooperation.